Francis Huster was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France on December 8, 1947. His parents were Charles Huster, a commercial director at Lancia, and Suzette Cwajbaum, a Polish Jewish woman. But it was because of his grandmother, a real passionate movie enthusiast, that Francis was captivated by cinema. His heroes on the big screen were John Wayne, Gary Cooper and Steve McQueen. At 15 Huster studied acting at the Conservatoire of the 17th Arrondissement of Paris, at the Cours Florent and at the National Conservatoire (1968), where he had René Simon and later Antoine Vitez as teachers. He joined the Comédie-Française in 1971, became sociétaire in 1977, and left this institution in 1982. He later founded the theater group Compagnie Francis Huster, of which the following actors have been members: Clotilde Courau, Valérie Crunchant, Cristiana Reali, Estelle Skornik, Valentine Varela, Olivier Martinez, Mathieu Carriere. His first film role was in “Chambres de bonne” a film short (1970). He starred in “Qu'est-ce qui fait courir David ?” in 1981 and in “La femme publique” (1984), directed by Andrzej Zulawski. Further movies he played in were “Equateur” (directed by Serge Gainsbourg in 1983), “Orphée modern” and “Parking” in 1984 and “L'amour Braque” (1985), In 1986 he directed his first movie “On a volé Charlie Spencer”. In 1997, “Le dîner de cons”, directed by Francis Veber, was a big hit. Francis appeared in only one Euro-western as Francis Leroy in “Another Man, Another Chance” (1977). He’s married to actress Cristiana Réali [1965- ]. Today we celebrate Francis Huster’s 65th birthday.
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